Sheriff Endorses Measure B

Sheriff Endorses Measure B
Posted by CN Staff on May 14, 2008 at 10:08:44 PT
By The Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Source: Ukiah Daily Journal
California -- Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman on Tuesday announced his endorsement of Measure B, the June 3 ballot initiative to repeal Measure G and unify the county's medical marijuana policy with the state's legal protections.Until Tuesday, Allman had steadfastly remained neutral on Measure B, but he says the No on B campaign's misuse of his image and words has changed his mind.
"Without my knowledge or permission, the opponents of Measure B sent out a campaign mailer that includes my uniformed picture and a quote from me," Allman explained. "First, they have taken the quote attributed to me out of context. Second, by doing so they are implying that I am opposed to Measure B. Because of this misrepresentation, I can no longer remain neutral."The No on B campaign issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying it was disappointed in the sheriff but acknowledging it may have erred in not asking Allman for his permission to put him in the mailer. No on B spokeswoman Laura Hamburg added late Tuesday that the campaign is putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of its campaign consultant, who, she says, used the material despite her instructions not to.Throughout the controversial campaign on Measure B, Allman has met with both sides and has provided information when asked. "I have strived to remain neutral on the ballot initiative for the purpose of allowing the voters to decide," Allman said. Earlier this year, Allman made it public that the No on B campaign was misusing a quote he gave the Santa Rosa newspaper last year, and reiterated his stance that, "Investigating violent crime will remain our top priority. We do not, and will not, target small grows. We will continue to focus on large grows and complaints about growers who create a public nuisance, endanger public safety or trash the environment." Recently, at a Measure B forum before the Employers Council of Mendocino County, Allman, when asked, said that Measure B would make his job easier in that he felt many people now growing 25 marijuana plants or more - simply because they can under Measure G -would voluntarily cut back to the six-plant state limit Measure B adopts.On Tuesday, Allman added, "The investigation of violent crimes, the eradication of large commercial marijuana gardens and combating methamphetamine will remain top priorities for the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office."And he made it clear he was no longer neutral."Today, I lend my name and full support to the passage of Measure B. It is the right thing to do for Mendocino County. I urge the voters to vote and vote for Measure B," he said on Tuesday. The No on B campaign apologized for using Allman's photo and quotation without his permission but maintained it would continue to use his statements."The No on Measure B campaign apologizes for the misperception the voters may have received from our recent mailer and the inconvenience it has caused Sheriff Tom Allman," Laura Hamburg said. "We used a relevant quotation from Sheriff Allman at the end of the campaign mailer with his picture, not to depict him as an endorser. We stated prominently he is neutral. We quoted him as Mendocino County's sheriff with something relevant to say about the potential public safety effects of Measure B. A wiser course of action would have been to place a courtesy call to Sheriff Allman regarding the coming mailer to work out any potential problems ahead of time."She also said, however, that the No on B campaign was disappointed Allman had decided to end his neutrality."We are disappointed that the sheriff has decided to abandon his principled neutrality on Measure B," Hamburg said. "His new position is contrary to his previous statements to the effect that it is his job to enforce the law, not make the law."Now the sheriff has disavowed his previous comments," Hamburg said. "We're not sure what has made him change his mind, but we suspect it's pressure from the Yes on B campaign. The sheriff must be a person who can withstand public pressure and maintain principle."After spending a day explaining how the costly campaign misstep had happened, Hamburg decided later Tuesday to announce that she had warned the No on B consultant not to use Allman's photo and to move his statements elsewhere in the mailer and got the consultant to take the blame publicly."I take full responsibility for the inclusion of Sheriff Allman's picture in the No on Measure B mailer and for any confusion about the sheriff's position on Measure B," said Doug Linney, president of the Oakland-based The Next Generation campaign consulting group. "In a rush to meet a deadline for printing the mailer, I failed to make these changes."For more information on No on B, go to: more information on Yes on B, go to: Ukiah Daily Journal (CA)Published: May 14, 2008Copyright: 2008 Ukiah Daily JournalContact: udjrb pacific.netWebsite: Articles: How Measure B Will Help County Rethinks Marijuana Regulation Groups Back Efforts To Defeat Pot
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Comment #18 posted by Dankhank on May 17, 2008 at 12:52:22 PT
Ecotopia ...
a great read I first read back in the day ...then found "Ecotopia Rising," the prequel ...Ernest Callenbach ... yes?I wrote this, then went to look ...found this ... have memory for the important stuff ...thanks for the reminder ...
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on May 16, 2008 at 10:00:40 PT
Oregon rocks and so do you!
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Comment #16 posted by museman on May 16, 2008 at 09:50:17 PT
the 'loser' state
You know, I never forgot that insult our monkey-king leveled, back before they had their war.I guess I figured out why. Apparently there are a lot of self-motivated, self-determined folks here who live in close relationship to what's left of the forests, and can tell a real loser when they see one. WE are a true-blue state, and many of us live in the state of Jefferson -which is a magical region only on mythical maps.Oregon and No. California are responsible for producing more consciousness than any other place in the country -per capita. Something about the ancient forest, the majesty and immensity just dwarfs silly human enterprises, and puts them in their proper place and reference.I lived on the plains. I lived in the Rockies (oh how I love the rockies) I lived in the desert, and I lived in the cities. I've been to Europe and Mexico. Yet I live in a 0ne-and-one-half horse town with residual attitudes from the days the rednecks ruled the earth with 3 - foot chain saws and monster trucks. Until recently I've asked myself not a few times, 'why did I come back here?'The answer has become apparent to me as I watch the world around me burn, blow away, wash away, and shake rattle and roll. As the suffering of the poor people all over the world escalates to disaster of literal biblical proportion, I understand and have to offer a prayer of thanks that the Great Spirit was looking after us when we were caused to have to come back and stay here, even though at the time I had other ideas.There are many texts and references available that speak of this time, and in several there is reference to 'communities of light' that will withstand the 'troubles' and be there ready to pick up the pieces in a proper manner (without cops, politicians, and 'law n' order'). This place has such a community, though there are some who think they know what and where it is, it hasn't yet really come together, but it is here nonetheless. In the center of the State of Jefferson is a magical heart. The natives know of it, and didn't call it the 'center of the universe' for nothing. It's hard to see sometimes in the press of the california yuppies that SUV around for a few months or years before they realize this ain't LA or San Fran, and move on. Some stay and become part of the scene. A lot of us know that we are here because the Spirit called us.There is a book called 'Ecotopia' which is a kind of sci-fi story about about the secession of the State of Jefferson from the US, and an example of how many of us would like to live. It's a good read, and has a lot of insight into our bio-regional attitudes and perspective. I highly recommend it.Oregon rocks!
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 19:00:28 PT
I love the Delegate Calculator. I have been playing around with figures for a while now. ( changing the margin of winning or losing ) Your state will be the end of the race. Your state. I love it. Check it out.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 18:52:56 PT
You're right. The Party's over. That does make me smile a little.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on May 15, 2008 at 18:49:52 PT
"I don't like to wish time away but I can't wait until Republicans are out of control."I'm 'sorry' to inform you that the republicans are already 'out of control'   ;-)> -(I couldn't resist)-
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 08:56:32 PT
Bless Your Heart. This election is the first election that has really meant anything special to me. 
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Comment #11 posted by museman on May 15, 2008 at 08:50:12 PT
I have voted
for only two people, the rest aren't worth the effort of filling in the bubble.I hereby endorse Obama as the next president. -though I only expect some relief, not resolution.
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on May 15, 2008 at 08:00:14 PT
RNC Signing its own Death Certificate
If they think alienating all the cannabis patients, their families, the cannabis safer consumers and their friends will win the election, the Republican Party is sadly deluded.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 07:44:24 PT
Just a Note
I don't like to wish time away but I can't wait until Republicans are out of control. 
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 07:42:46 PT
R.N.C. Attacks Obama on Medical Marijuana
By John TierneyMay 15, 2008It may be too much to hope for, but perhaps there’ll be a public debate this campaign over the scientific research into the efficacy of medical marijuana. There’s already a debate in progress over whether to allow its use in states where it has been legalized.The Republican National Committee yesterday attacked Barack Obama for promising to stop federal raids against clinics that dispense medical marijuana in states where it has been legalized. (I reported his promise yesterday.) Danny Diaz, the R.N.C. communications director, released this statement:“Barack Obama’s pledge to stop Executive agencies from implementing laws passed by Congress raises serious doubts about his understanding of what the job of the President of the United States actually is. His refusal to enforce the law reveals that Barack Obama doesn’t have the experience necessary to do the job of President, or that he fundamentally lacks the judgment to carry out the most basic functions of the Executive Branch. What other laws would Barack Obama direct federal agents not to enforce?”Bruce Mirken, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports legalizing medical marijuana, said the R.N.C. statement “ignores a few salient points, such as the fact that last year 15 Republicans voted last year for the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment to cut off funding for Justice Department medical marijuana raids, including such flaming liberals as Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Dana Rohrabacher of California, a former Reagan staffer.”John McCain has echoed the Bush administration’s line that there’s no evidence of marijuana’s efficacy for pain relief, but several recent studies have concluded otherwise. You can read previous posts on research into medical marijuana by clicking here, here or here. 2008 The New York Times Company
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 07:18:30 PT
Did you ever think that Oregon could be the state to finish this race between Clinton and Obama? It's up to you now!
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 07:16:02 PT
I agree with you. It has always been a Republican issue. Go Obama!Conservatives want to control people's own personal moral values. That is all the word conservative means to me. It has nothing in my mind to do about money.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on May 15, 2008 at 06:54:17 PT:
The RNC!
See what really cracks me up about these guys is that a republican president, Nixon, created the CSA 'cause he was po'd at blacks and hippies and it was republican controlled supreme court and a Bush puppet, Gonzales that cheated Raisch out of a fair decision. It was a republican controlled congress in 2005 that struck down the Hinckley/Roeher house bill legalizing cannabis for medicine. [Remember that idiot from Indiana, Mark Souder?- The smoke bubble,really!] One of the most special interest lobby influenced congresses in our history I will add. Now we revisit the Raisch vs Gonzales decision. A blatant miss use and corruption of the commerce clause. This was blatant in you face corruption of the constitution and it was as if they were saying ,"yeah, whatcha gonna do about it?" Now that, the RNC, want to take this corrupt mess and point to it as authority. It is no wonder I am so po'd I see red!!!!!I'm glad Obama frustrates them. In your face RNC. What goes around comes around.Go Obama! Red, black or white I don't care, a good man is a good man period!!!!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 15, 2008 at 06:27:49 PT
Just a Note
I can't find any news to post but there sure is plenty of news to read about politics these days. Have a great day everyone.
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on May 14, 2008 at 20:46:03 PT
EX Cia Dir James Woolsey says USA grow hemp
for National Security for biofuel feedstock.
see story in Hemp archives.tonight on cnn Larry King the bottom scroll said Dupont to partner with a Dutch company to produce cellulose ethanol from corn leaves and wheat stubble.last year Genencor was sold to a Dutch food company/where are the reporters ----------Genencor Meets First Technical Milestone in Biomass to Ethanol Project
> >
> > Genencor Labs, Palo Alto, California
> > Genencor International, Inc. announced that it has achieved its first
> > technical milestone in its three-year contract with the U.S. Department of
> > Energy Biofuels Program. Genencor developed and validated processes for
> > improved cellulase enzymes that meet the intended objective at one-half
> the
> > cost of currently available technologies.
> >
> > "Advances in molecular biology and functional genomics enable us to push
> the
> > frontiers of commercial development and we're pleased to be making
> progress
> > toward developing new enzyme systems to accomplish the goal of this
> > project," said Michael Arbige, Ph.D, Senior Vice President and Chief
> > Technology Officer.
> > The goal of the program is to develop new enzyme systems for the economic
> > conversion of plant matter into ethanol and other valuable materials. DOE
> > has determined that the cost of converting biomass into useable form is a
> > critical stumbling block to producing biofuels and chemicals from
> renewable
> > raw materials.
> >
> > Specifically, Genencor and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are
> > working to deliver enzyme systems enabling a 10-fold improvement in the
> > economics of breaking down cellulosic material (plant matter) and other
> > complex carbohydrates into fermentable sugars. "The United States is the
> > world's leader in agriculture and biotechnology and the Department's
> biomass
> > research and development efforts take advantage of that position," said
> > David Garman, the U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for
> Energy
> > Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "The President's Energy Policy promotes
> > the development of renewable energy sources and we look to biomass for
> > significant contributions to reducing America's dependence on foreign
> oil."
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on May 14, 2008 at 20:37:38 PT
These guys are too clever 
It's good of the RNC to point out there is a law that we need to change.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 14, 2008 at 16:04:27 PT
Press Release From Republican National Committee
RNC RESPONSE TO OBAMA COMMENTS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWSBy Republican National CommitteeWASHINGTON, May 14 --RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz released the following statement today:"Barack Obama's pledge to stop Executive agencies from implementing laws passed by Congress raises serious doubts about his understanding of what the job of the President of the United States actually is. His refusal to enforce the law reveals that Barack Obama doesn't have the experience necessary to do the job of President, or that he fundamentally lacks the judgment to carry out the most basic functions of the Executive Branch. What other laws would Barack Obama direct federal agents not to enforce?"OBAMA ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWSObama Pledged To Stop DEA Raids On Oregon Medical Marijuana:Obama Pledged To Stop The Drug Enforcement Administration's Raids On Oregon Medical Marijuana Growers. Willamette Week: "Would you stop the Drug Enforcement Administration's raids on Oregon medical marijuana grows?" Obama: "I would because I think our federal agents have better things to do, like catching criminals and preventing terrorism. The way I want to approach the issue of medical marijuana is to base it on science. And if there is sound science that supports the use of medical marijuana and if it is controlled and prescribed in a way that other medicine is prescribed, then it's something we should consider." (James Pitkin, "Six Minutes With Barack," Willamette Week, 5/14/08)But The Presidential Oath Of Office Requires The President To "Preserve, Protect And Defend The Constitution Of The United States":The Presidential Oath Of Office, As Specified In Article II, Section I Of The U.S. Constitution: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." (U.S. Department Of State Website, , Accessed 5/14/08)And The Supreme Court Has Upheld Regulations On Medical Marijuana:The Supreme Court Ruled In 2001 And 2005, Affirming The Authority Of Congress To Regulate The Use Of Marijuana. "In 2001, the Supreme Court affirmed Congress's 1970 judgment about marijuana in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative et al., 532 U.S. 438 (2001), which held that, given the absence of medical usefulness, medical necessity is not a defense to marijuana prosecution. Furthermore, in Gonzales v. Raich, 125 S.Ct. 2195 (2005), the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the authority of Congress to regulate the use of potentially harmful substances through the federal Controlled Substances Act includes the authority to regulate marijuana of a purely intrastate character, regardless of a state law purporting to authorize 'medical' use of marijuana." (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Website, , Accessed 5/14/08)Paid for by the Republican National Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.SOURCE Republican National CommitteeRNC Press Office, +1-202-863-8614
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